I’d like to take this time to fill you in on my thoughts of some demos that I recently played.
I liked the graphics and the voice acting. The controls were decent, but wrestling the ghosts into the trap, while more movie authentic, was quite difficult and annoying to do especially at first. Getting hit often from random objects also didn’t help the fun factor.
Overall I didn’t find the demo for Ghostbusters to be long enough to get a good idea of whether I’d like the whole game or not. I know that some of you are going to cry foul because you liked the game a lot. Trust me, I know, I’ve read what’s been said. :D
Rating: Bargain Bin
The Bigs 2
The Homerun Pinball mode was quite a bit of fun. However that wasn’t the case when actually playing a full game. I like arcade sports game, but I found out with this game that baseball isn’t one of them. I guess I’ll be sticking to arcade basketball for the time being. NBA Jam Tournament Edition has yet to be unseated in that genre.
Rating: Skip It
Dissidia: Final Fantasy
I wasn’t all that impressed with Dissidia after reading some previews and looking at a few screenshots before the demo hit. Because of this I didn’t rush to play the demo once I downloaded it. When I did try it I thought it was quite good and showed a lot of promise for the full game.
If you must know I played as Terra since I remember her from playing Final Fantasy VI back in 2007. Slowly I got the hang of how to play. It reminded me of a Dragonball Z Half-Life modification that I played a number of years ago. The one thing that sticks out as not so great are the arenas where the fights take place. They’re pretty bland looking and empty feeling. Graphically the arenas look too blocky as if they were made for the N64/DS.
Rating: Bargain Bin
Batman: Arkham Asylum
This really feels like it’s the Batman game that we’ve all been waiting a long time for. Its graphics are superb and the voice work from veterans of Batman: The Animated Series doesn’t hurt either. I’ve always really liked the animated show so I’m really happy about the latter part.
The combat is quite interesting in that you can mix it up with strikes, counters, takedowns, etc. Being spotted by armed thugs can be punishing, but even so there’s still room for choice in how to deal with the situation given. Toggling the detective mode on does help in getting an advantage on a room full of enemies, but it by no means makes it a cake walk.
Rating: Sooner Rather Than Later
Rating scale: Day One – Sooner Rather Than Later – Bargain Bin – Skip It
As I’ve briefly mentioned before, I’m going to be focusing on getting harder to find games that I’ve been wanting for sometime now. Once a month I’m going to look on eBay for these games. This should also help stem the large amount of purchases that I’ve made up to this point. Of course, rare exceptions will be made for games like Modern Warfare 2 or God of War III.
With all of that said, the game that I’ll be looking for near the end of this month will be the Sega CD version of Lords of Thunder. It’s without a doubt my current number one game to get that I have on my wish list. It’s a fantastic shoot-’em-up with amazing heavy metal music. I highly recommend trying it out in any way you can.
That’ll do it for me this time. Later.